Seven Churches – Revelation Chapter 1:10-11 Commentary

Seven Churches – Revelation Chapter 1:10-11

Revelation 1:10-11

10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet,

11 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”

[I was in the Spirit] The Spirit of Prophecy; under the influence of the Holy Spirit; in a trance; shutting the outer world and everyone else out; in a state of ecstasy; the inner spirit of man being under total possession of the Holy Spirit, establishing an immediate connection with the invisible world.

[Lord’s Day] The first day of the week; the Christian Sabbath; Sunday; the day of the week that Jesus rose from the dead. A distinction was made between the Sabbath Day and the Lord’s Day.

[I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet] Loud, clear, bright and distinct like a trumpet; the clarion call; the trumpet was used for calling assemblies together, for going to battle, summoning to religious feasts, etc.

[I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last] Please see my notes at Pt. 39: Seven Churches – Revelation Chapter 1:8

[What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia] John was told to record on paper the visions God showed him. Journaling what the Lord shows you and speaks to you is very important. If you do not write things down, you may forget important details.

Habakkuk 2:2-3 says:

2 Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.

3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, It will not delay.”

The seven churches are: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea. These seven churches were in geographical existence in Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey) during that time. To see a map of the seven churches, please go to: Pt. 24: Seven Churches – Maps of the Seven Churches…

These seven churches represent churches and groups of Christians today. The messages given to each church applies to churches and groups of Christians. Seven is the number of totality and perfection.

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Seven Churches – Revelation Chapter 1:9 Commentary

Seven Churches – Revelation Chapter 1:9

Revelation 1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the Word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Adam Clarke’s Commentary says:

[Your brother] A Christian, begotten of God, and incorporated in the Heavenly family.

[Companion in tribulation] Suffering under the persecution in which you also suffer.

[In the kingdom] For we are a kingdom of priests unto God.

[And patience of Jesus] Meekly bearing all indignities, privations, and sufferings, for the sake and after the example of our Lord and Master.

[For the testimony of Jesus Christ.] For preaching Christianity, and converting pagans to the Lord Jesus.

Information below is derived from Adam Clarke’s Commentary and an article by Rick Renner entitled “A Light in Darkness”, June 2011 issue of Victory Magazine (Kenneth Copeland Believers Voice of Victory). The article is based on Rick Renner’s new book called “A Light in Darkness – Seven Messages to the Seven Churches”. A Light in Darkness by Rick Renner (Jan 3, 2011).

Patmos was a small, desolate island of about 30 miles in circumference. It belonged to a group of islands called the Sporades. It’s located in the Aegean in the region known as the Icarian Sea. Patmos is around 60 miles from Ephesus and 25 miles to the nearest coastline of Asia Minor (modern day Turkey).

Patmos was the “Alcatraz” of the first century. The worst of the common criminals (murderers, rapists) and political offenders were brought to this island. It was an open-air prison. Common criminals were fettered, scourged and treated very harshly. They had to do hard labor. Political offenders were treated with more respect and were allowed to roam the island freely. However, no food, clothing, supplies or medical care was provided. Political offenders formed communities to create a better chance of survival.

John was exiled to this island as a political offender for spreading the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. It was here that John had the Vision and was caught up to Heaven (in his spirit).

Seven Churches – Revelation Chapter 1:8 Commentary

Seven Churches – Revelation Chapter 1:8

Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet. It looks exactly like an “A” in the English alphabet.

Omega is the last letter of the Greek alphabet. It is equivalent to the letter “Z” in the English alphabet.

Jesus is the A to the Z, and everything inbetween. To read about the Names of Jesus Christ from A-Z, please go to:

Names and Titles of Jesus Christ: A – B

Names and Titles of Jesus Christ: C – E

Names and Titles of Jesus Christ: F – I

Names and Titles of Jesus Christ: J – L

Names and Titles of Jesus Christ: M – Q

Names and Titles of Jesus Christ: R – S

Names and Titles of Jesus Christ: T – Z

Glory of the Lord – A Name of Jesus Christ

Power and Authority in the Name of Jesus

“I am Alpha and Omega” – I am from eternity to eternity

“The Beginning and the End” – God is the establisher of all things and the end of all things. He has always existed and will always exist. He was there at the beginning of creation and will be there at the close of the world as we know it now.

The language in this verse implies Divinity, and can be applied to no one but the true living God. Jesus is God. In other writings of John, he establishes the Divinity of Jesus Christ. John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” The Word is talking about Jesus.

“Who is” – God is in the present

“Who was” – God is in the past

“Who is to come” – God is in the future

God can be in the past, present and future all at the same time because He’s eternal.

If you have pressing needs that you are praying about, be assured that God has already worked it out for you. He’s prepared the way and gone ahead into your future, and already taken care of the matter. Not too long from now you’ll begin to see the manifestation of answered prayer.

“The Almighty” – The All-Powerful One. The Hebrew name for Almighty is El Shaddai.

Other references in which Jesus introduces Himself as the Alpha and Omega are:

Revelation 1:11

Revelation 21:6

Revelation 22:13

Seven Churches – Revelation Chapter 1:7 Commentary

Seven Churches – Revelation Chapter 1:7

Revelation 1:7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

Cross Reference:

Matthew 24:30-31

30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Also see: Matthew 26:64, Mark 13:26, Mark 14:62, 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17

This coming of the Lord is His second coming. It could be talking about one of two things:

  1. The rapture, because it says that His angels shall gather together His elect from the four winds (four corners of the earth … worldwide extension … north, south, east, west).
  2. This verse could be talking about Jesus’ coming after the rapture has already occurred, when Jesus comes to set up His kingdom on this earth during the millennium.

The Lord, when He returns, will come accompanied with clouds. Clouds are symbols of Majesty and the Shekinah Glory.

God spoke from the Cloud that led the Israelites through the wilderness.

Jesus will appear in the sky, in the literal clouds. In the same way He ascended to heaven, is the same way in which He will return to earth. Acts 1:9-11.

They who pierced Him is probably in reference to those who crucified Him (the Jewish people and the Gentiles). His feet and hands were pierced, as was His side. This is also in reference to those who have pierced His heart (figuratively speaking) through habitual sin, rebellion, rejection and wrong doing.

Every eye will be able to see Him … this is possible with modern-day media and satellite. His coming will be a visible appearing.

All the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. The Barnes’ Notes Commentary says they shall:

“Wail on account of their treatment of Jesus. The coming of the Savior will be an event which will call to remembrance the sins of the people and they will be overwhelmed with the apprehension of wrath to come.”

The word “Amen” means: so be it, assuredly, certainly. The word “Amen” in this verse is an affirmation of a certainty, rather than an expression of a wish.

Seven Churches – Revelation Chapter 1:6 Commentary

Seven Churches – Revelation Chapter 1:6

Revelation 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Jesus Christ is a Priest-King like Melchizedek (Hebrews 7), and we are seated with Him on His throne ruling and reigning with Him (Ephesians 2:1-10).

1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

A royal priesthood reigns on this earth in the here and now (not just when they get to heaven or during the millenium). Revelation 5:10 tells us: “And have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.”

Kings and priests exercise spiritual authority and serve God in this earth.

Kings rule and reign. Kings decree a thing and so shall it be established. Kings make laws and change laws and regulations. Kings have dominion. Kings conquer their enemies and have the victory. Kings are wealthy. Kings have an audience with people in high places. Kings primarily serve in the marketplace.

At my church, a prophetic word was given in January 2011 concerning the role of kings. The word is:

God is birthing kings in the Spirit.  These kings will take on the 7 mountains (the 7 mountains being the 7 worldly systems):

  1. Family
  2. Government
  3. Business
  4. Education
  5. Religion
  6. Media
  7. Arts and Entertainment

There is the spirit of momentum and escalation.  You will get more done in less time.  There is a remnant whom will arise and build by faith.

These kings will release God’s children from a poverty and beggar’s mentality.  God’s people will be infused with the spirit of dominion, at which the oceans would obey at our mouth.  (The oceans refer to the sea of humanity.)  Kings and Priests are being raised up.

Priests primarily serve in the five-fold ministry. Ephesians 4:11-12 refers to the five-fold ministry.

11 And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

12 For the perfecting (maturing) of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.

The Barnes’ Notes Commentary says the following regarding kings and priests in Revelation 1:6:

The quotation in 1 Peter 2:9, Revelation 1:6 and Revelation 5:10 comes from Exodus 19:6: “And ye shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests.”

This idea is expressed here by saying that Christ had made us in fact kings and priests; that is, Christians are exalted to the dignity and are invested with the office, implied in these words.

The word “kings,” as applied to them, refers to the exalted rank and dignity which they will have; to the fact that they, in common with their Savior, will reign triumphant over all enemies; and that, having gained a victory over sin and death and hell, they may be represented as reigning together.

The word “priests” refers to the fact that they are engaged in the holy service of God, or that they offer to him acceptable worship.

In the Levitical priesthood, a priest could not be a king and a king could not be a priest. They were two separate offices.

However, since Jesus comes from the priesthood of Melchizedek (who was both a priest and a king), and because if we are in Christ we have the divine nature of God living on the inside of us, we can reign in this life as both kings and priests.

King David was a type of Christ in that he was a king, priest and prophet all at the same time. And David came from the tribe of Judah (the tribe of kings).

In a teaching I posted about intercession, we see how intercessors operate in the 3-fold anointing as prophet, priest and king. To read this message, please go to: Notes on the Principles of Intercession

Seven Churches – Revelation Chapter 1:5c Commentary

Seven Churches – Revelation Chapter 1:5c

Revelation 1:5c Unto Him that …. washed us from our sins in His own Blood.

The Greek word translated as “washed” is the word luo. It means to loosen, unbind, to set free, release from bonds, to loose one who is bound, to dissolve, to loose any person tied or fastened.

Jesus has set us free from our sins by His Blood. His Blood breaks off every fetter and delivers us from the power of sin. The Blood of Jesus gives us the power to crucify sin in our own lives.

If you are struggling with any sin or addiction, and you are bound, be encouraged by this verse which says that Jesus washed (loosed) [past tense – He already loosed us] from our sins in His own Blood. There is tremendous power in the Blood of Jesus when it’s applied to your life.

How is the Blood of Jesus applied to your life? By faith.

It begins with accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. If you would like to receive salvation, just pray:

Dear Lord Jesus,

I receive you as my Lord and Savior. Come into my heart. Wash me from all my sins and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. I believe that You died and rose again. Help me become the person you created me to be. Thank You for saving me today. Thank You for eternal life.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

For a list of posts that deal with the power of the Blood of Jesus, please see:

Pt. 1: A Cleansed Conscience by the Blood of Jesu…

Pt. 2: A Cleansed Conscience by the Blood of Jesu…

Pt. 3: A Cleansed Conscience by the Blood of Jes…

Pt. 4: A Cleansed Conscience by the Blood of Jes…

Pt. 5: A Cleansed Conscience by the Blood of Jesu…

Pt. 6: A Cleansed Conscience by the Blood of Jesu…

Pt. 1: Garden to Garden – Good Friday Service Note…

Pt. 2: The Blood Cleanses Every Part of Man – Good…

Pt. 3: Plead the Blood – Good Friday Service Notes…

Pt. 4: New Identity – Good Friday Service Notes

Pt. 5: Liquid Love – Good Friday Service Notes

Pt. 1: Not Guilty Because of the Blood – Easter Se…

Pt. 2: Not Guilty Because of the Blood – Easter Se…